Bracegirdle’s – McLaren Vale, SA

Inside Oxenberry Farm Cellar Door Complex – 26 Kangarilla Rd, McLaren Vale

This place had been given a HUGE build up by a friend/brother/colleague of mine so I approached the experience with trepidation, fully expecting my expectations to be found wanting as is the case in so many coffee houses – boy was I wrong.   Well to begin with, its in McLaren Vale – the Barossa of the South – so already it is on the right track.  Bracegirdle’s is part of the Oxenberry Farm Cellar Door complex, so at one end of the room you have wine tasting (something I didn’t partake on this occasion – but must do in the future) and at the other end you have the coffee/chocolate of which Bracegirdles are famous for in SA.  The setting is beside a gently sloping grassed area which leads to a lake, surrounded by vines with views of the lower Adelaide Hills in the background…nice (or as they say in SA ‘Heaps Good!’)

Latte Quality – Excellent – good colour, good foam thickness and with a nice ‘leaf’ design on top – Bracegirdles are widely awarded for the quality and skill of their barristas.

Cost – $5.00 for a large mug – which is expensive, but the volume of said mug is expansive.

Coffee Supplier – I was informed that their coffee was produced inhouse – however, their website indicates that the coffee is source from a Melbourne Coffee company called Atomica.

Fair Trade – No.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – We were the only two there in the mid to late Wednesday afternoon – so a definite Yes.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above.  There is also outdoor seating with views of the lake.
  • Study and Reflection – As long as it wasn’t school holidays and it was during the working week this would be a great place to do some quiet reflection and/or reading.  A great location for a personal retreat day!!
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Posted on August 19, 2009, in Atomica, Café/Cellar Door, Chocolatier, McLaren Vale and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. 2 questions… Have yoou checked out thecoffee at Currency Creek Winery yet?

    And… where have you had the best home brewed latte?

  2. Hey Steve – no I haven’t checked out the Currency Creek Winery yet for their coffee – although their fortifieds are very nice – and of course the best place for home brewed coffee was this little place in Magill called ‘The Manse’ – just awesome coffee. Unfortunately we have been reliably informed that the Barrista due to some reason which defies explanation has purchased one those Necafe Pod Machiney things….a sad day indeed for coffee!! 😉

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